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I Always Assumed I Was Bad With Money—Now I’m Challenging Myself To Do Better

Welcome to “Scrimp City“—an anonymous, week-in-the-life chronicle that provides a real-world look at women who are trying to save money—across a range of pay scales and industries. Each installment dives into one woman’s progress toward one overarching savings goal, and breaks down where she saves and splurges while navigating a career, planning for the future, and still making sure there’s something leftover for snacks.

Budget? What budget??

In this edition, we meet one creative who’s never crafted a financial budget because of her fear of being “bad with money.” This week, she tries confronting her negative emotions around money once and for all so she can *finally* track her spending. Here’s how she tried being more mindful about her money habits.

I am an…ostrich. I like to bury my head in the sand when it comes to dealing with financial matters! I am not proud of it, but finance has always brought up intense feelings of anxiety in me. I’m not strong with numbers, and even as I state that, I realize that’s no excuse. But I would be lying if I didn’t admit that just thinking about numbers and money can easily make me feel panicked.

I’m not wealthy enough to be able to disregard money matters altogether. But, I grew up thinking that, (bear with me), if you’re a creative at heart, then you weren’t destined to be good with money. The people who are good with  “numbers?” Those people have some kind of gift—that the rest of us lack. For many years, I just couldn’t fathom that creative and money-savvy qualities could exist together in a single person.

What I hope to learn!

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